We found 21 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept BlueSelect Everyday Health 1449 near Spring Hill, FL.

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Dr. Ellen Verena Jorgensen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. E. Jorgensen is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Dr. Jorgensen's professional affiliations include All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She obtained her medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Jorgensen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems

Dr. Dorothy I Shulman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dorothy Shulman works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Tampa, FL. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Shulman graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Henry Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; Mdc 62
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Henry Rodriguez's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. His areas of expertise include the following: type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Rodriguez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rodriguez's education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Crystal Ann Jacovino, DO
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Crystal Jacovino's specialties are adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Jacovino's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Her areas of expertise include diabetes. Dr. Jacovino is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Memphis VA Medical Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Morrison is an adult endocrinology specialist in Tampa, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Morrison average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Morrison's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Morrison takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Metabolism

Dr. Paul Edward Dimarco, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Paul Dimarco is an adult endocrinology specialist. Dr. Dimarco studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is especially interested in diabetes. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dimarco's hospital/clinic affiliations include James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Diabetes

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Usf Diabetes Center, Mdc 62
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sureka Bollepalli, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Bollepalli focuses on type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bollepalli is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes

Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N N Aremenia Avenue; Suite A, Office of Gustavo Serrano Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. Dr. Serrano speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Brian Daniel Knox, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Brian Knox practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Knox is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Knox's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Knox trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Research Scholars Program, Academic Pediatric Association.

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Dr. Valerie E Whiteman, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Valerie Whiteman works as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL. She studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In Dr. Whiteman's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and prenatal diagnosis. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Whiteman's distinctions include: Member, American Telemedicine Society; Diplomate ABOG and Maternal Fetal Medicine, ABOG; and Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ABOG. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Whiteman's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

All Interests: Diabetes during Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Diane M Straub, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Mdc 15
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Diane Straub is an adolescent medicine specialist. Dr. Straub's areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, scoliosis, and thyroid problems. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Straub attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes

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Dr. Denise Kalil Edwards, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Denise Edwards is a physician who specializes in adolescent medicine. Her clinical interests include bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. Dr. Edwards is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Edwards attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Tomas Figueroa Nieves, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite E
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tomas Figueroa-Nieves works as an internist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Figueroa-Nieves's professional affiliations include Florida Medical Clinic, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In addition to English, Dr. Figueroa-Nieves speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Lisa Ann Scudder, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10004 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite 101
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Scudder practices family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Scudder is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scudder's areas of clinical interest consist of minor surgery, wellness visit, and women's health issues. She is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Laura B Williams, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Laura Smith is a psychologist. Dr. Smith's areas of clinical interest consist of stress management, type 2 diabetes, and family therapy services. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. She trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Family Therapy Services, Individual Therapy, Stress Management

Dr. Kanchan Parasher, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
12500 N Dale Mabry Highway; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kanchan Parasher practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Parasher include diabetes, minor surgery, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Parasher is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Parasher honors. Dr. Parasher graduated from Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Parasher (or staff) speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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